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Luke WatsonThe Southern Kings will be without captain Luke Watson for the remainder of their Super Rugby campaign, following an injury to his ankle.


Watson, who has suffered a litany of injuries this year, is to undergo an ankle operation which will see him sidelined ahead of the Kings’ clash with the Bulls in Pretoria this weekend.

“I do not know the exact nature of the injury (an ankle fracture), but he has been to Cape Town to see a specialist and the outcome is that he will undergo an operation and will be out for six months,” Kings’ director of rugby Alan Solomons confirmed on Tuesday.

Centre Andries Strauss was likely to captain the Kings for the rest of the season, while lock Darron Nell would be the deputy for the Bulls’ match at the weekend, in the absence of the injured Steven Sykes.

Wing Michael Killian returned to the side after recovering from injury, while regular wings Sergeal Petersen and Siyanda Grey were still on the injured list.

Solomons said he believed the Eastern Cape outfit would be able to handle the absence of Watson after several setbacks prevented him from playing for much of the year.

“Luke is an excellent player, but he has suffered with a string of injuries, starting at the end of last year when he hurt an ankle against the Leopards,” Solomons said.

“He suffered a throat injury against the Western Force and then fell ill, and although he could feel the ankle in some matches, it was one of those situations where it sort of came and went.

“However, the problem has persisted and Watson will now enter another period of rehabilitation as the Kings move ahead with their Super Rugby requirements.”

In Watson’s absence, Cornell du Preez, Wimpie van der Walt and Jacques Engelbrecht will handle the loose trio duties, as they have been doing for much of the season.

Centre Ronnie Cooke turned over an ankle in training this week, but he has been named in the team and Solomons said he was sure he would be fit for Saturday’s clash.


KINGS: 15 SP Marais, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (Captain), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 1 Schalk Ferreira, 2 Bandise Maku, 3 Kevin Buys, 4 Cornell du Preez, 5 Darron Nell, 6 David Bulbring, 7Wimpie van der Walt, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht.

Replacements: 16 Grant Kemp, 17 Hannes Franklin, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Shane Gates.

36 Responses to Super Rugby: Luke Watson out for the season (Updated)

  • 1

    How many Super Rugby matches has Watson played this year, 3?

    Fark, he gets a pretty packet for not playing, hey!

  • 2

    wens ek kon daai ghelt kry vir seer speel

  • 3

    Piet Kokkewiet, die sandsultan… kom praat saam boeta!

  • 4

    Jy ook “Tier”… dis nou NORtierd…

    Kom, jy moet ons kom vertel wie jy ondersteun… en of jy familie is van ons goeie vriend Morné Nortier, aka PissAnt (wat nou vir SARugby werk) of Rysmier soos ek hom noem!

  • 5

    @ grootblousmile:
    Watson was nog nooit IN nie, watse uit vir die seisoen?…seer keel, seer enkel, seer nek,,,,pleks hy liewer n pyn in sy peester kry en faarkoff uit SA rugy. Show pony, nes soos sy pa en lekeprediker oupa op Grahamstad.

    Lees hierdie kuk, veral…..”Watson was impose on the Springboks in 2007 due to direct order from SARU”.
    Flippin klein poephol, sy pa erken nou nog die Springbokembleem nie.

    Watson grew up on a farm near Somerset East, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. His father was a lay preacher who taught his sons Daniel, Valence, Ronald, and Gavin that all people are equal. Watson attended Graeme College boarding school in Grahamstown, where he began playing rugby union.[1] He later captained the Graeme College side.

    After completing compulsory National Service, Watson returned to Port Elizabeth, where he played for the Crusaders Rugby Club.

    As a 21-year old, Watson played for the Eastern Province team which lost by 28 points to 13 to the visiting All Blacks in 1976. Mona Badela, black journalist and president of the KwaZakhele Rugby Union (Kwaru), invited him to practise his Christian convictions by coaching a black side in the townships. When Watson took the black rugby team to practise at the Saint George’s sports ground in Port Elizabeth, they met with strong opposition.[1]

    Watson (2007 image [2]) was selected as a wing for the Junior Springboks in 1976. However he declined an invitation to participate in the trails for the 1976 senior Springbok team. He joined the Spring Rose Rugby Football Club in the black township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, which was affiliated with Kwaru.[3] His wing partner was Zola Yeye, later manager of the 2007 Springbok squad [4]

    On 10 October 1976, Watson and Valence played with 13 black players for Kwaru against the South Eastern Districts Rugby Union (Sedru) in the Dan Qeqe stadium in KwaZakhele township. Local authorities and the Crusaders Rugby Club tried to dissuade him from participating [1] Non-racial sports meetings were at that time prohibited in terms of the apartheid-era Group Areas Act and the Separate Amenities Act.[5] Armored vehicles circled the stadium, and Watson and brother Valence had to lie flat on the floor of a taxi that transported black Africans.[6] The black rugby team regularly stayed in the Watson’s home.

    By 1978 the Watson family had been drawn into the anti-apartheid struggle, with dual membership in the then-banned African National Congress and South African Communist Party. Brother Ronnie reportedly gathered intelligence for such organizations [1][7]

    The Watsons were subsequently threatened, ostracised, and shot at. Their home was burned down in 1986,.[7] Friends stopped visiting, either because they were being threatened by authorities, or because they disagreed with the Watsons’ political stance.[1]

    Today Daniel Watson is a business consultant residing in the Newlands suburb of Cape Town,[1] and has recently assumed the presidency of the Eastern Province Rugby Union based in Port Elizabeth, which operates the Eastern Province Kings Currie Cup team and is also the co-owner of the Southern Kings team which was launched in June 2009 and will play Super Rugby from 2013 onwards.[8]
    Involvement in the career of his son, Luke Watson

    Daniel Watson’s son Luke Watson is also a rugby union footballer. Although he had many supporters in 2006, he was overlooked for selection by the 2007 World Cup winning Bok coach Jake White. Watson attributed his son’s non-selection to be due to his political activities a generation earlier.

    Luke Watson was imposed on the 2007 Springbok squad as a result of a direct order from SARU against the wishes of the Springbok selectors.

    In 2007 Watson stated he would not be supporting the Springboks at the World Cup in Paris because he did not believe the team was representative of the country. He also refused to comment on whether he supported John Smit as the captain.[9]

    Watson has since told South African newspapers that son Luke never wanted to play for the Springboks under White. Watson Snr also boycotted his son’s capping ceremony, in protest against Coach White’s attitude towards his son.[10]

    On Monday 23 April 2012 the South African Presidency announced that Daniel Watson would receive the National Order in Silver in the Order of Ikhamanga for “his exceptional contribution to the field of sport, in particular rugby”.

    The South African government said Watson would be recognised for his excellent contribution towards the creation of non-racial rugby and his stand in the struggle for the creation of a non- racial, non-sexist and democratic society.

  • 6

    @ Pietman:
    “imposed”, bedoel ek.

  • 7

    En nou gaan my ou groot blou vriend BlommieBul weer se vergewe en vergeet….dis ok, ek vergewe die spul, maar ek vergeet nie.
    Alles draai om politiek en geld vir die spul Watsons, klomp aandagtrekkers , nes Winnie Mandela, speel gedurig vir die pawiljoen, maar Cheeky gaan sy gat sien in die Baai met die Kings, hou dop.

  • 8

    Nie familie van PissAnt nie
    Gesien hy het n pos gekry met die juniors en afrigters of iets in daai lyn
    Baie bly vir hom, hy is verskriklik passievol so ek glo nes die ander hy gaan n groot sukses wees
    Ek ondersteun die Stormers, so ek sal maar min praat as die manne oor Super Rugby praat, hoe minder ek oor my span se, hoe beter op die stadium, dit los ek maar vir die Bulls en Cheetah’s se ondersteuners, hulle het die 2013 bragging rights @ grootblousmile:

  • 9

    @ nortierd:
    Jis hoessit!
    Ek het n idee dalk familie van Karen van Brackenfell, nog laas saam met haar gebraai op Nuweland.

  • 10

    8 @ nortierd:
    Nee gaaf, nog ‘n Stormpoppie ondersteuner, damn!


    Man, die Stormers moet van Allister Coetzee ontslae raak… ou Toetie gaan jou span niks verder bring nie.

    Verwag steeds ‘n bliksemse moeilike game vir die Bulls in die laaste oop rondte van Super Rugby teen jou span.

  • 11

    @ grootblousmile:
    Sy sussie het saam met ons gebraai man! Op Nuweland.

  • 12

    Sy is my sister @ Pietman:

  • 13

    11 @ Pietman:
    Oooooooooooooo, dis die broer wat in Pretoorsdorp bly… Moreletapark of Erasmuskloof… of so iets

  • 14

    12 @ nortierd:
    Nouja, kyk hoe vinnig eien ou Pietman jou.

    Nog meer rede dat jy hier moes wees!

  • 15

    Stem saam, nes die Sharks gemaak het met Plum
    Hulle het hulle ceiling bereik, maar as hulle praat van Elton en Taute permanent koop, dan het hulle ook niks geleer nie
    Lyk maar beroerd daar onder @ grootblousmile:

  • 16

    @ nortierd:
    Ek weet! Sy het altyd met trots gepraat van haar broer in Pta, jy was destyds in die Kaap, selle doopnaam as Cheeky, hehehehe! Vrou ken haar rugby, en haar laaitie is ernstig oor rugby, die een met die ‘handjie’. Ek het n diamanndring gekoop destyds deur haar ‘contacts’ in die Kaap.
    Welkom hier, hoop om jou dikwels te sien.

  • 17

    15 @ nortierd:
    Janee, die Elton en Taute gekopery is skoon flokken malligheid…

    Weet jy iets van Joe Pietersen, Gerhard van den Heever en Don Armand wat oorsee gaan en jou span gaan verlaat?

  • 18

    Tikfoute ‘galore’, maar ek is flippin haastig, besig om te pak virrie Kaap so tussendeur, vrou pla baie….!

  • 19

    18 @ Pietman:
    Hoe gaan dit met Pietvrou?

    Sy sien seker uit om van daai donnerse rokke wat alles moet toemaak ontslae te raak vir ‘n ruk.

  • 20

    @ grootblousmile:
    Sy is haastig, veral toe sy hoor die kaggel in haar huis is klaar gebou in Goosebay, sy wil nou net lughawe toe….sy stuur groete en se jy moet Briekie bring….ek bestel n hoop hot by JagseJurieJapie!

  • 21

    @ Pietman:
    “hoop hout”

  • 22

    Thanks Pietman
    Ja, die seun is nou omtrent in action cricket in, een hand en al
    Speel vir Boland en het 2 jaar in n ry speler van die toernooi gekry
    Baie smart outjie
    Net gehoor van Joe, maar hy was ook voorheen vir n ruk weg
    Snaaks dat Shadow nou sal gaan, met Habana wat weg gaan, sou mens dink hy sal nou sy kans kry
    Niks van Armand gehoor nie
    Miskien is dit ook deel van die rede hoekom hulle die 2 Leeus wil hou
    As hulle vir Taute gaan koop en 15 speel, dan lyk Kolbe se kanse maar minder goed vir die volgende ruk

  • 23

    20 @ Pietman:
    Handbriekie is nou entrepeneur jong… hulle het ‘n Wedding Expo in Augustus by Thabong en nog ‘n baaaaie groter ene in November in die Botaniese Tuine in Pretoria.

    Hulle het kloooomp projekte waarby hulle aangeknoop het, onder andere die Reach For A Dream Foundation en klompie ander.

    Dan het hulle ook klomp advertensie bemarkingsaksies aan die gang en natuurlik doen BonzaiHandbriekie die Catering en Eventing ding vir Troues, Losies en groot bankette ook.

    So, hulle kook nou op gas.

    Dink nie ek gaan haar weggesleep kry nie, wou so graag ook na die Bastillefees op Franchoek gegaan het in Julie…

    O ja, en haar Pa lyk nie goed nie… hy is gister weer hospitaal toe, en gaan minstens 5 dae daar wees…. hy is nou klaar, gedaan, op!

  • 24

    20 @ Pietman:
    Julle moet sommer daai hoop Hout by JagseJurieJapie wegry met daai bakkie wat hy van Pietvrou gegaps het….

  • 25

    @ grootblousmile:
    Janee, ek weet ook nie van my pa nie….ek gaan net Maandag die kar Barons bellville toe vat vir n diens en dan skiet ek deur Swellendam toe, die ou wag vir my. @ nortierd:
    Ek is bly. Ek het die twee boeties ontmoet, hulle het saam met GBSBonzai rondgespeel daai dag, ook al weer flippin 6 jaar gelede…die tyd loop my broer.

    Nee, loer maar gerus in, druk net jou ore toe op rugbydae met die live updates, hier is ouens wat kwaai vloek, veral BdB!!!

  • 26

    @ grootblousmile:
    Ek sal maar hulle twee uitmekaar hou, en self die hout gaan laai…hierdie rooikop is te bedonnerd, sy sal hom met sy eie hout oor die kop slaan!

  • 27

    25 @ Pietman:
    Jinne ja dis 6 jaar terug wat ons met die DrankTrein afgesit het Nuweland toe…. man daai Cuzzy, Kwagga, Katvis kan darem wild drink… hehehe

    Hulle het daai trein leeggesuip, die trollie het nooit verder as ons kajuit gekom nie, dan koop ons hom! Jy weet mos ek drink nie baie nie, so ek was onskuldig gewees… hehehe

    Thys Burger en AB was maar rustig.

    Jinne, op Kimberley toe die trein breek toe gaan koop ons sommer nog drank in die dorp ook… hahaha

  • 28

    25 @ Pietman:
    Sterkte met jou Pa.

  • 29

    @ grootblousmile:
    Ons wou Sondag met daai trein af Kaap toe, maar ons land te laat…vrou het nog nooit trein gery nie.
    Ek wil hom ook ry nog.

  • 30

    29 @ Pietman:
    Nee moer, vlieg eerder… die trein issie goed vir die lewer nie… hehehe

  • 31

    @ grootblousmile:
    Dankie man. Ek sal maar gaan sien, ma se verslae is baie kripties….alhoewel ek dink die ou begin boeke afsluit nou.
    Dis nou maar so broer.

  • 32

    31 @ Pietman:
    Selfde die kant, Skoonpa wil eintlik nie eers meer hospitaal toe nie…

  • 33

    @ grootblousmile:
    Soos pa se: “Hoe lank wil julle dan nou he moet ek nog lewe!”
    Ou is een van die dae 85…en nou dat hy nie meer n wyntjie mag vat nie is die lewe ook nie meer so lekker nie!!!

  • 34

    @ grootblousmile:
    Ek praat later by die naweek weer bruvva, ek wil pisvelle se kant toe, moet more kantoor gaan sluit.
    Tjorts eers.

  • 35

    33 @ Pietman:
    My Skoonpa is eintlik nog jonk in jare, maar die lyf, maag en longe is gedaan…. hy is permanent op suurstof, kannie eers meer oor die straat loop nie, hy moet gedra word.

    Maar pille die wil hy sluk, ons staan bont om die Apteke te vertel hulle moet stadig…

    Weetie of hy dit deur die winter gaan maak nie.

  • 36

    34 @ Pietman:
    Tjorts, ek is ook uit…. my dae is deesdae TE lank….


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